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Reference number

SM Adam volume 25/17


[28] Preliminary design for an organ case for the music room, April 1781


Plan and elevation of an organ case, with an oval medallion on the pediment, surmounted by a royal coat of arms, a lion and a unicorn, with a band of Vitruvian scroll with foliage, a rectangular figurative panel, an urn, swags, and a cameo. This is flanked on either side by paired pilasters ornamented with urns and drops of bell flowers, with fans, swags, festoons, beading, figures in wreaths, and cameos, all between the pilasters. The whole has a frieze of guilloche and fluting enclosing anthemia. The organ case is set within a rectangular room, with the doors and outline of the organ case included in the plan. The elevation of the organ case is behind a flier showing a screen of Corinthian columns, with a frieze of sphinxes


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


For the Duke of Cumberland

Signed and dated

  • April 1781
    19th April 1781

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including cerulean blue and yellow ochre on laid paper (453 x 423)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Harris, 1963, Index p. 57
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 273, 275
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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